Suzanne Ford

“Hi, my name is Suzanne Ford and I am excited to be nominated to the Board of Directors for SF Pride! I would like to take a minute to tell you a little about myself, a proud fierce trans woman! I was adopted into a blue-collar family in Kentucky, growing up presenting as a boy, but with a secret. That secret haunted me for years as I struggled with my gender. Several years ago, I came out to my wife and began my transition. She and my 15 year- old son have stood by me while I came out, both socially and professionally, facing many obstacles. With their love and support, I found my voice.

As you can imagine my wife and I spent many difficult nights exploring how to navigate our new reality. The day I walked into the president’s office of my company to declare that I was a woman, was one of the hardest days of my life. It was also one of the best days of my life! I have been a mentor in the trans and recovery communities with a heart for service. These experiences make Pride so special to me. I never want to take for granted the life that I have found here in the Bay Area and the trans community that has supported me. I want to do my part in continuing to fight for our right to pursue our dreams in a free society.

2 years ago, I met Melanie Nathan and she convinced me to become a member of SF Pride. The thrill of protesting and marching as a member of the Resistance Contingent the last 2 years has given me a unique perspective of the meaning of Pride. I know I want to be a part of this! The current board and staff have given us a blueprint on how to run and sustain the premier LGBTQ statement event in the world. If elected I will strive to maintain that blueprint while looking for ways to be more inclusive and responsive to our people. Balancing the many needs and preferences of a diverse constituency like ours requires both listening and acting. Discernment of what is appropriate can’t be accomplished alone. I pledge to be a supportive team member who always looks to advance SF Pride.”

Kerby Lynch

“Kerby Lynch is a current PhD student in the Department of Geography. They studied at the University of Cape Town during the #FeesMustFall movement and has a strong appreciation for youth grassroots organizing.”

“They also studied at the Gay and Lesbian Archives at the University of Witswtersrand in Johannesburg. Kerby is an LGBT Historian and is currently working on a project about Bay Area lesbian history in collaboration with Bay Area Lesbian Archives. Kerby is interested in making the history of sexual cultures accessible to help educate people about their sexuality and gender expression without at an atmosphere of shame. “

Manuel Alejandro Pérez
Incumbent Board Member

“Manuel Alejandro Pérez is a proud Sacramento native from a Mexican migrant and immigrant background. He has committed over 15 years of service and work experience to education, specifically within the CSU, UC, Community College, and private university systems of higher education in California. For eight years, Manuel served as the Dean of Equity Programs & Pathways at American River College in Sacramento. In this role, he supported equity and access initiatives for underserved communities. During his tenure at the college, Manuel successfully implemented the College’s first PRIDE Center for the community college District in Sacramento and the first Community & Diversity Center for the College. ”

“In May 2017, Manuel received his doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco in International & Multicultural Education. His research explores stories of identity, community, and agency within higher education. Specifically, he examines the role that artful resistance and radical imagination have in social justice cultural performance. He has presented at various regional and national conferences and published several journal articles about stories and testimonios of strength and advocacy from within the community. Currently Manuel serves as the Interim Assistant Vice President for Equity & Community Inclusion at San Francisco State University. In this role, he supports existing initiatives to address the equity gap for underserved student communities and creates new opportunities to ensure the holistic well-being and academic success of students. One of his current projects for this fall 2017 includes launching a work group to implement SF State’s first-ever Pride Center. In addition to his work at SF State, Manuel is also a part-time lecturer at the University of San Francisco in the School of Education and the Performing Arts and Social Justice program. Manuel is passionate about connecting the heart, mind, body, and soul to our service for and support of the community. As a first generation, queer mexicano from a migrant and middle-low income barrio, Manuel is intimately familiar with the importance of advocating for spaces and resources that are accessible for all members of the community. It is precisely this passion that led him to join the SF Pride Board in Spring 2018. His goal is to support current initiatives that connect more communities to the SF Pride family and explore new opportunities to unite new voices to the organization’s efforts.”

Nguyen ‘Win’ Pham
Incumbent Board Member

“As an 18-year participant in the annual San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration and a Board Member about to complete his inaugural term, I am proud to submit my candidacy to continue my work on the SF Pride Board of Directors.”

“For more than half of my lifetime so far, the SF Pride Parade has held an enduring place in my heart: I was a teenager when I first marched in the Pride Parade as a high school student with the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network; a teenager still the following year when I marched as a college student with UC Berkeley’s Queer Resource Center; and even still a teenager that following year when I began my 16-year (and counting!) tenure as a performer with CHEER San Francisco, the Official Cheer Team of the City and County of San Francisco. Now well into adulthood, I wish to continue to give back to Pride on our esteemed governance team. Following my election to the Board of Directors in 2016, I have brought numerous strategic competencies and managerial skills to Pride’s activities and operations, and in 2017 I earned the appointment to the position of Board Secretary. Additionally, as a philanthropic titleholder among numerous diverse communities – Mr. Gay San Francisco 2015-2016, Mr. Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) 2013, and Mr. Mensa 2011 – I have been able to champion the Board’s coalition-building objectives and activities during this term while ensuring that the Board holds itself accountable to the broadest possible cross-section of our most marginalized communities. Further, with my professional experience as a strategic marketing and communications manager, I have leveraged available resources to advance the storytelling initiatives of the communities that the Board serves – so that all voices can be heard and be paid due respect. With your support, and with your vote, it will be my humble privilege to continue mobilizing the important initiatives of the SF Pride Board on behalf of all human citizens as we continue to educate, commemorate, celebrate, and liberate.”

Carolyn Wysinger

“I would love to join the San Francisco Pride Board because it would give me to opportunity to cast a wider net into the community and impact even more lives. Being the oldest pride organization gives the opportunity to touch lives from across the world that come to San Francisco to show their pride each year.”

Carolyn has worked fiercely in the LGBTQ community in a plethora of capacities. As a blogger, she has written timely and insightful articles for blogs such as Autostraddle, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous and Media Diversified. As an author, she published her first book, Knockturnal Emissions which has been listed on LGBTQ essential reading lists at several universities. Her stories have been published in Sinister Wisdom Literary Journal as well as anthologies Near Kin and Louisiana in Words. As a Masculine of Center model,l she has modeled for Saint Harridan, Dapper Boi and Kirrin Finch. She has walked the runway for Queer Fashion Week and is featured in Meg Allen’s photo book titled “BUTCH.” She has served on the steering committee for Black Lesbians United and the board for the NIA Gathering. She currently sits on the board for the BUTCHVoices National Conference. In politics, she is the former City of Richmond commissioner of Human Rights & Relations. She is a former Executive Board Member of the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club where she worked on the campaign to elect Long Beach’s first out Mayor Robert Garcia. She currently sits on the Executive Board of the Lambda Democratic Club of Contra Costa County and is one of the founding members of the Black Dems of Contra Costa County. As an educator and workshop leader she has facilitated workshops at BUTCHVoices, Black Lesbians United, BLAQout Conference, and Gender Spectrum. She is a faculty member at Richmond High School where she teaches English and African-American Literature while also serving as advisor for their Black Student Union, Majorette Squad and LGBTQ Student club. Many people know her as a very big and very vocal LGBTQ social media personality and the host of The C-Dubb Show which is a black queer podcast.